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Opioid Epidemic

Combatting the drug epidemic with data

In the State of Indiana, approximately 90% of individuals with addiction begin using illicit drugs before the age of 18. Since 1999, the number of opioid poisoning deaths increased by 500%. (Executive Order 17-01) This dramatic increase in substance use and opioid-poisoning deaths have brought the State to the level of a large-scale epidemic.

Building Collaborative Partnerships

NextLevel Recovery Indiana On his first day of office, Governor Eric Holcomb signed Executive Order 17-01 creating the position of Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement to centralize leadership and direction to fight this epidemic at the state level.

MPH supports the Executive Director's efforts by bringing together subject-matter experts and data from multiple state agency silos enabling key executive branch decision makers to view broad substance abuse trends in the state.

Connecting Relevant Data

MPH serves as the data component of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse in two ways:

  1. Secures and connects all relevant drug data across state government agencies as provided by the Commission's Data Working Group.
  2. Provides the associated technical services needed to present the data in a form that is useful to decision makers.

MPH also partners with state agency executives and researchers, helping them leverage data to inform substance abuse policy inquiries, further enabling data-informed policymaking efforts.

Delivering Results

While the flow of information between state agencies has historically been difficult, MPH is working to provide these agencies with access to view information relating to the broader opioid epidemic-- no longer are agencies limited to the information flowing into their agency silo. This interagency exchange of information has resulted in Family and Social Services Administration adding five more treatment centers in key areas around the state.

Check out data dashboards and more through Governor Holcomb's Next Level Recovery website to see all the impactful work being done to end this epidemic. Additionally, check out additional projects below that Indiana MPH has worked on with our state agency partners and other organizations.

Agency Partners: GOV, ISDH, FSSA, DCS, ISP, ICJI, DOC, DHS, DNR, IDEM, PLA, TOX, ATC, IGC, OMB, IOT

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) partnered with MPH to create a visualization for Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data that provides insight on prescriptions of controlled substances.

View the PDMP Dashboard

This tool provides insight into the incident location where naloxone was administered and reported by EMS providers throughout the state of Indiana.

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Check out data dashboards and more through Governor Holcomb's Next Level Recovery website to see all the impactful work being done to end this epidemic.

View Next Level Recovery Data

MPH’s involvement in the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI) is comprised of Supreme Court Chief Justices from eight states charged with creating a strategic action plan to combat the opioid epidemic at a regional level.

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All MPH Projects

See additional custom analytics solutions created by MPH.

View the MPH Projects List

Visit the Indiana DATA Hub

Browse and download the State of Indiana’s publicly-available datasets to gain insight into current data trends around the state.

Visit the Indiana Data Hub

Request Data

Discover your own insights by requesting data from MPH.

Request Data